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November 25, 2014
2015 Hydrogen Student Design Contest Challenges Students to Develop Innovative Hydrogen Fueling Station Business and Financing Models

The Hydrogen Education Foundation announced the 11th annual Hydrogen Student Design Contest, which will challenge student teams to develop business and financing models for hydrogen fueling stations. Registration for the Contest is open until January 16, 2015.

November 21, 2014
Department of Energy Cites Stanford University for Worker Safety and Health Violations

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Preliminary Notice of Violation (PNOV) to Stanford University (Stanford) for four violations of the Department's worker safety and health regulations.

November 20, 2014
DOE Issues Request for Proposal for Services at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Cincinnati – The Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a proposal for services to complete a Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Restoration Plan based on injuries to natural resources from the release of hazardous substances from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

November 20, 2014
Biopower Report Presents Methodology for Assessing the Value of Co-Firing Biomass in Pulverized Coal Plants

A joint Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report presents the results of an evaluation funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office that examines the effects of substituting up to 20% renewable biomass for coal in electricity production. This research was the first to investigate the impacts of co-firing biomass with coal at concentrations greater than 10%. Findings have expanded the methodology that communities and energy providers can use to evaluate the potential economic and environmental benefits of using biomass in their coal plants.

November 20, 2014
Why Bio-Oil Turns to Gunk - 90 Seconds of Discovery
Lab Discovery: Water Leads to Chemical that “Gunks Up” Biofuels Production
Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have determined that water—a prevalent component of biofuel conversion processes—turns the pyrolysis oil component, phenol, into a highly reactive molecular structure that polymerizes, or “gunks up” the conversion process, thereby slowing down  key chemical reactions. 
November 20, 2014
BETO Announces Updated Multi-Year Program Plan: November 2014 Update

This MYPP sets forth the goals and structure of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. It identifies the research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities the Office will focus on over the next five years and outlines why these activities are important to meeting the energy and sustainability challenges facing the nation. The latest version includes updates to the terrestrial feedstocks and supply logistics, algal feedstock, and thermochemical conversion research and development sections.

November 20, 2014
SGIG Report Now Available: Experiences from the Consumer Behavior Studies on Engaging Customers

This report presents the lessons learned from utilities' consumer engagement efforts as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant Program. These lessons offer practical steps that can reduce risks and increase efficiencies, thereby lowering project costs and increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

November 20, 2014
DOE Webinar on Smart Grid Data Privacy: A Voluntary Code of Conduct

On Wednesday, December 11, 2014, from 1 - 4 p.m. ET, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability in coordination with the Federal Smart Grid Task Force will conduct a webinar to conclude the development phase of a Voluntary Code of Conduct (VCC) related to privacy of customer energy usage data for utilities and third parties.

November 19, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Economic Impacts of Offshore Wind, Overview of Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce.

November 18, 2014
FEMP Launches New Training Search Tool

FEMP recently launched the FEMP Training Search, a Web tool that lists free training opportunities to help agencies meet Federal energy, water, and sustainability laws and requirements.

November 18, 2014
Energy Department Announces New Minorities in Energy Industry Partner Network

WASHINGTON – At a forum marking the first anniversary of its Minorities in Energy Initiative (MIE), the Energy Department today announced the launch of its new Industry Partners Network.

November 17, 2014
FEMP Publishes Aspinall Courthouse Case Study

This case study documents the effort of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to take the unprecedented step of renovating a historic Federal building to accomplish twin goals of net zero energy use and faithful historic preservation.

November 17, 2014
Interior Offers First Right-of-Way for Renewable Energy Transmission in Federal Waters

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop clean energy sources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank today announced that BOEM has offered a right-of-way (ROW) grant to Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission System, LLC (Deepwater Wind) for the Block Island Transmission System (BITS).

November 17, 2014
Energy Department Launches Mobile App for Energy Emergencies

Today, the Department of Energy launched a mobile app called Lantern Live that helps consumers quickly find and share critical information about nearby gas stations and power outages during energy emergencies. The app builds on the Obama Administration’s commitment to improve national energy preparedness in the face of extreme weather and other events that can result in power disruptions.

November 14, 2014
The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board meets on the second Wednesday of the month.
DOE seeks candidates for environmental advisory board vacancies

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board (ORSSAB).

The ORSSAB is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to Oak Ridge’s Environmental Management program, which is responsible for cleanup and remediation across the 33,500-acre Oak Ridge Reservation.

November 14, 2014
Energy Department Authorizes Freeport LNG to Export Liquefied Natural Gas

WASHINGTON – The Energy Department announced today that it has issued two final authorizations for Freeport LNG Expansion, L.P. and FLNG Liquefaction, LLC (Freeport) to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to countries that do not have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States.

November 14, 2014
Department of Energy Awards $425 Million for Next Generation Supercomputing Technologies

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced two new High Performance Computing (HPC) awards to put the nation on a fast-track to next generation exascale computing, which will help to advance U.S. leadership in scientific research and promote America’s economic and national security.

November 14, 2014
DOE Announces Webinars on Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Technology, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program, and More

EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.

November 13, 2014
Energy Department Announces $5 Million for Residential Building Energy Efficiency Research and University-Industry Partnerships

The Energy Department today announced a $5 million investment to develop and demonstrate new residential energy efficiency solutions, and that will support building energy efficiency research at universities and colleges.

November 13, 2014
Advanced Manufacturing Office Update, November 2014

November 2014 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office

November 12, 2014
Webinar November 18: An Overview of the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) Project

The Energy Department will present a live webinar entitled "An Overview of the Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H2FIRST) Project" on Tuesday, November 18, from 12:00 to 1:00 Eastern Standard Time (EST).

November 12, 2014
Energy Department Awards New Contract to Manage and Operate Brookhaven National Laboratory

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a new five-year, $3.2 billion contract to Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) to manage and operate Brookhaven National Laboratory. The award was the result of a DOE competition for the management and operations (M&O) contract for the laboratory, which has been operated by BSA for the Department since 1998.

November 12, 2014
DOE Releases 2013 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report

The Energy Department today released the 2013 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, detailing trends in the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market.

November 10, 2014
2014 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report Posted

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office has posted the 2014 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Progress Report.

November 7, 2014
10 Questions Regarding SAE Hydrogen Fueling Standards

In this article, DOE interviews one of the world's leading experts who spearheaded the development of the recently established Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standards known as J2601, which establish a fast hydrogen fueling protocol enabling a driving range equivalent to internal combustion gasoline engine vehicles.

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